[testimonial type=”bubble” author=”RICHARD BONYNGE”]I feel extremely honoured to be a part of the Solti Academy. I have seldom spent happier times than in working with such talented young people all so eager and so willing to learn their craft. The Academy is one of the few organisations in the world today which is teaching the true values of musical style. Young pianists, conductors and singers come together and are helped with their problems by the highest possible standard of teaching. The work is intensive and the atmosphere is the friendliest. It gives me untold pleasure to work with these young people. And in helping and teaching one learns a great deal oneself. Long life to this wonderful Academy.

Richard Bonynge, AC, CBE, was born in Sydney and studied piano at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music and later with Herbert Fryer, a pupil of Busoni, in London. He made his conducting début in Rome in 1962 with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and has since conducted at most of the world’s opera houses. He was Artistic Director of Vancouver Opera and Musical Director of Australian Opera. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 1977, Officer of the Order of Australia in 1983, Commandeur de l’Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres, Paris in 1989 and made “Socio d’onore” of the R. Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna in 2007. He married the late soprano Joan Sutherland in 1954 and has one son.

He has recorded over fifty complete operas, has made videos and DVDs of many operas and recorded numerous ballets. As a conductor Bonynge is widely regarded as being extraordinarily sympathetic to singers on the stage and his instinct, knowledge and feel for voices has become legendary. Richard Bonynge is acknowledged as a scholar of bel canto, in 18th and 19th century opera and ballet music.